November 14th, 2018
Jesse Gussow

It’s not going to take an art degree to appreciate the sexually charged artwork by Exotic Cancer.  Her bright use of blues and pinks catch the eye immediately. The female characters are incredibly fit but with a slight twist to give you pause for a moment. The male characters are always gross, which I’m sure most people working in the sex industry can relate with. The subject matter is based in sexuality but filled with humour. The work acknowledges the depravity of society and the people who take advantage of living in this sexualized society. The attention to detail in the pieces show that the artist cares about the message they are sharing with their work. It’s awesome seeing artwork telling the story of an industry that most people look down on, with such humour and details that connect so well with the viewer.



Where are you from?

I am from Melbourne, Australia.


How did you get started on your artistic journey?

I studied graphic design and have always had a passion for illustration. I have been drawing for many years.


What inspires your work?

I am heavily inspired by my workplace, the strip club. I am a part time stripper, if you didn’t already know!


When people see your work? What do you think is going through their mind?

I wish I knew! I think a lot of people appreciate my work because it is so raw and honest. I do also get a lot of people who find it offensive.


What is your work space like?

A COMPLETE MESS! I have no order or organization… Oops.


How do you create a piece? What is your process from start to finish?

I have a list of ideas written down in my notes. Then I’ll sketch it out, sometimes I use myself as a reference for poses. Once it’s sketched out, I’ll outline it, and then add colour.


How would you describe your style?

Perhaps creepy-cute? I’m not sure there’s a word for it.


What’s the best thing anyone has said about your work that really stuck with you?

I once had someone tell me that their mum, who had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer, who saw my drawing of a girl with scars where her boobs would be, that her mother cried tears of joy because finally she has seen artwork that makes her feel seen. That was nice.



What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I got a job at a cafe once, on my second shift I got really anxious and just got dizzy and light headed, and I felt like fainting. It was just really overwhelming, the whole being trapped behind a bar/register with no option to leave or walk around. Something about not being able to take a break on my own accord and being stuck behind a counter and dealing with customers nonstop used to make me really anxious. I quit then and there.



Did you ever pretend to be an animal when you were younger? If so what animal and why?

I did pretend to be a dog once, together with my actual dog. I pooped on the lawn.



What does your artwork say about you?

That I’m a sex positive, man-hating feminist. Except, I don’t actually hate men.



Do you listen to music when working on your art? If so what kind of music?

I don’t listen to music. Is that weird? I just never think of it as something to do.


I find your work to be sexually charged funny and very empowering for woman. Is that what you’re going for or am I way off the map?

I agree with you, that is what it is and I am happy that is the outcome!


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